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A truck museum would have been another good shot in Merritt's economic arm, but, it's locating in Surrey instead of Merritt. 

Not selling or otherwise dispersing the assets, and housing the museum in an appro-priate facility were some of the conditions outlined, but, the conditions were not acceptable to the City Council in Merritt.

The efforts to move the museum were started by Community Futures, but, shifted to City Hall when the contract between the City and C-F for economic development wasn't renewed last year. 

City Council did not find the conditions outlined in the best interests of the community, and, came with too high a price.

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One man was treated for minor injuries after a fire early Monday afternoon at Merritt's Ramada Inn. 

The Merritt Fire Department responded to the call in the Hotel's electrical room shortly after one o'clock. 

The fire was arcing, and, an electrical contractor caught from an arc received a burn to one of his arms. 

Firefighters worked quickly to contain the fire until B-C Hydro crews arrived to turn off the electricity, and then they were able to totally extinguish the fire. 

Although there was no damage to the hotel itself, and, no one else was hurt, the hotel was reported to be without power over night.

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It's an ever-present helping hand for anyone in the Nicola Valley, or, throughout the I-H-A, who may be struggling with mental health, substance abuse and stress issues. 

The Interior Health Authority has unveiled a toll-free 24 hour a day crisis hotline for the region. 

Kamloops-North Thompson M-L-A Terry Lake says the Crisis Line network provides localized help for people in need no matter where they are within I-H.

It's estimated that one in five adults in B-C is affected by substance abuse or mental health issues. 

The hotline number, now in effect as of yesterday, is 1-888-353-CARE. 

That's 1-triple 8-353-2273.

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Continuing in it's roll as one of the main economic drivers in the Nicola Valley, Community Futures Nicola Valley will be offering a Small Business Seminar this week.

C-F invites people in business to the event titled The Power of Email & Engagement Marketing. 

The free seminar will cover email marketing, how email & social media work together to build your contact list, how to grow your business, and, more. 

Community Futures will present the seminar this Friday between one and three in the afternoon in their office boardroom at 2099 Quilchena Avenue. 

People should reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 250-378-3923.  Advance registration is required.

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City Council will be looking at the final budget numbers as presented by the Finance Department tomorrow (Tuesday) night. 

Councillor Mike Goetz says Council will have a better idea of where it stands, and, will be able to wrap it up from there.

Councillor Goetz says the whole budget has to be in the can by March 31. 

Nobody on Council is saying what per centage tax increase could be forthcoming, but, indications are it'll be in the neighbourhood of 2 to 3 per cent.

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